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Staff, students & family working together for our wellness

Angela Cross,   Polser El

We began the school year with our regularly scheduled teachers inservice. At the inservice I was allowed by my principal to give a brain break workshop to the entire staff. Classroom teachers were educated on how to keep the students moving in order to see more success in the classroom. Since then, I have been asked to give 2 more demonstrations to the staff. Teachers have also referred to me on numerous occasions on ideas to keep the students moving & engaged. I kicked off the school year with a focus on eating right & moving outside of the school day. Parents emailed me pictures of their child doing something active at home. Students were also encouraged to make their own healthy snack & share the recipe with me & their classmates. We had a 21 day eat a healthy snack challenge in which many participated & the parents had to verify how often their child did eat healthy during those 21 days! To further the healthy eating way of living, I am adding a station to my field day this year in which a healthy snack created by the cafeteria workers will be provided to refuel the students!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students made a genuine effort to eat better & recognize what is or isn't a healthy snack. Teachers mentioned to me numerous times on comments that students made during class room instruction. One teacher was using candy, soda & chip pictures during a math lesson. She mentioned the kids remarked on how she needed to show them healthier pictures! Too much sugar & carbs was their response! Her math lesson led her to ask me about healthier snack options!